Two Bengaluru malls may face demolition

Amid the ongoing demolition of illegal structures built close to storm water drains, two popular malls in Bengaluru have now come under the scanner of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials.

Orion Mall in Rajajinagar and Gopalan Arcade in Rajarajeshwarinagar are likely to face the hammer for allegedly encroaching on storm water drains. The civic body will conduct a survey before taking the next step. According to former BBMP commissioner, Siddaiah, the plan to construct Orion mall should not have been sanctioned in the first place.

However, issuing a clarification, Vishal Mirchandani, CEO of Orion Mall said that the land was acquired by Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the predecessor to Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). He also said that the Department of Survey Settlement and Land Records in 1995 had showed that there were no storm water drains on the plot.

Bengaluru Mayor, B N Manjunath has ordered fresh surveys to avoid any legal complications. Depending on the survey, the BBMP will decide on the demolition.

“I have ordered a probe as to how the building has come up despite the direction,” the mayor said. The probe comes on the wake of the Karnataka High Court’s order to BBMP to not demolish multi-storeyed buildings built on storm water drains without assessing the plan as per law. The court also directed officials not to take action against complexes whose plans were found to be valid.

Meanwhile, a shortage of surveyors in the revenue department is making it difficult to assess the situation and mark the encroachment areas.

Credits India Today

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